Sunday, August 24, 2014


For It's a String Thing #54 this week, we have string #52,
and any or all of the following tangles:
Bilt   by Lisa Skeen, CZT
Rick's Paradox   by Rick Roberts
Bitten   by Carole Ohl, CZT
Rosewood  by Sandra Strait

I actually used all 4 this week:
and I'm pretty happy with the results.

Diva's Challenge #181, Water
Since the Diva had spent the previous 5 days in or near the water, she chose "Water" as the theme for this week's challenge. I played around with a few different ideas, and nothing worked till this one:
 And last of all, since this is Joey's 22nd weekly challenge, she suggested tangling 2 of something. So I've tangled a tangleation of Unyun, only I achieved it using one and two halves:


Be sure and check out all 3 sites:
Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts entries. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.
 
The Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
 
 And Made by Joey. This is a relatively new challenge site, but gaining new entries weekly.

Along with working on Zentangles, and trying to finish a knitting project (I'll post that when I do finish), I did something new in my metals class; although I did most of the work at home. When the new 2" square Bijou tiles were introduced, I decided I wanted a box to keep them in. My husband gave me a very nice wooden one which he had made some time ago, and I thought that would be good for the finished tiles; but I also wanted one to keep blank tiles handy. So I came up with this little copper box, trimmed with mini glass butterflies which I created at my torch:



Now that I've finished it, I think I need one for my full sized tiles, too.







Saturday, August 16, 2014

This week's challenges

From now on, I plan to post all my 
weekly challenges in one blog post. 

This first one is It's a String Thing #53, 
using string #54 by Hope Martin:
and any or all of the following tangles:
Hurray! by Agneta Landegren
Planateen by Sandra Strait   
and Onomato and Pokeleaf 
 by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts

and this is my response:
 I ended up using only Onomato and Pokeleaf. 
I started out using Onomato as the string line, expecting to fill the open spaces with the other tangles. Once I filled in the first area with Pokeleaf however, it just seemed natural to use it in the other spaces as well. And I'm quite happy with the results.

Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.
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This next one is for the Diva's Challenge #180. It's a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge, and the tangle she wants us to use is MacDee by Anneke van Dam. You can see the step-outs here.
I chose to use it as a background, with Purk in the foreground:
 I'm happy with this one, too.

Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; as I've said before, it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out 
one of the Challenges yourself.

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I only did these two challenges this week; 
perhaps next week I'll have a chance to do more.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This week's challenge at Joey's is to tangle a five pointed star.

Ergo:

and
and a Bijou/Twinchie
Take a look at joey’s site to see the other entries, and maybe try one yourself.

Bijou

On Monday, the Diva, Laura Harms, introduced us to the sweet little Parisian snail, Bijou.
You can find out all about Bijou and his new 2"X2" tiles (also called Twinchies) here.

The challenge that Laura issued was "Be like Bijou". In other words, think small. You don't need to have official Bijou tiles; just work in a small 2X2 format. Of course, working that small, it's hard to stop at one.
Lower left was done for "It's a String Thing"; upper right for "madebyjoey"; the other 3 were done specifically for this challenge. And I'm probably not through yet; this is fun.

As usual, I urge you to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.

Happy Birthday, String Thing

It's a String Thing is One Year Old! 
And to mark the occasion, Adele Bruno (the Brains behind the String Thing) has designed this string:
 
Some very lovely tangles have been published lately; Adele has chosen a few of them for this challenge:  They include:
Meringue by CZT Kelley Kelly
A-Fog by Kathy Redmond
Roscoe by Vicki Bassett
Kitl by Jem Miller AKA Ragged Ray

And for sentimental reasons, 
CZT Margaret Bremner's pattern Lotus Pods.   
The very first challenge featured this wonderful tangle.
 
First I whipped off a Twinchie (more about Twinchies and Bijou later) to get a feel for the string and tangles: 

And then completed a full size tile:
 Tangles: Meringue, A-Fog, Kitl, and Lotus Pods.

Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday, when she offers the new ones.